‘Superb’ Arctic History | An Army of Nurses | Summer Reading Guide | Original Highways | Latest Top Sellers

Note several military history items in this edition of Canada’s History.


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Northwest passages

Books reviewed in the June-July issue of Canada’s Historymagazine include Ken McGoogan’s Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage. Reviewer Dave Obee calls the book “superb” and says it “reflects the increasing awareness and acknowledgement of Indigenous involvement in the exploration of the North, as well as rescue missions.”

Charlotte Gray reviews two books: Sarah Glasford’s Mobilizing Mercy: A History of the Canadian Red Cross and Linda J. Quiney’s This Small Army of Women: Canadian Volunteer Nurses and the First World War. And in the same issue Lyle Dick writes about Adam Shoalts’s A History of Canada in Ten Maps: Epic Stories of Charting a Mysterious Land and Barbara Mitchell’s Mapmaker: Philip Turnor in Rupert’s Land in the Age of Enlightenment.

Other books highlighted in this issue include Rivals for Power: Ottawa and the Provinces, by Ed Whitcomb; The Raftsmen, by Ryan Barnett, with illustrations by Dmitry Bondarenko; and The Endless Battle: The Fall of Hong Kong and Canadian POWs in Imperial Japan, by Andy Flanagan.

Our book reviews can be found both in Canada’s History magazine and on our CanadasHistory.cawebsite.

Travelling solo

Along with the many Canadian history titles released each year by dedicated publishers, we receive a handful of self-published books. On our website we’ve highlighted a selection of these books that includes stories of policing, immigration, mining, environmental catastrophes, and archaeological finds, as well as one historical fiction title. See the list here.

Highways to history

Recipients of the Reading Den are automatically entered to win a bundle of three Canadian-history books courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada. One winner will receive Ingenious: How Canadian Innovators Made the World Smarter, Smaller, Kinder, Safer, Healthier, Wealthier, and Happier, by David Johnston and Tom Jenkins, A History of Canada in Ten Maps: Epic Stories of Charting a Mysterious Land, by Adam Shoalts, and Original Highways: Travelling the Great Rivers of Canada, by Roy MacGregor.

Summer Reading Guide

The June-July issue ofCanada’s History magazine includes our annual Summer Reading Guide, which you can also browse online. Publishers showcase their latest Canadian history titles along with a books about food, politics, and travel, plus titles for young readers. You can purchase books by linking directly from the online edition of the Summer Reading Guide to our partner Chapters-Indigo.

Top 10 Bestsellers

  1. Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths
  2. Mapmaker: Philip Turnor in Rupert’s Land
  3. Travellers through Empire: Indigenous Voyages
  4. Art Deco Architecture Across Canada
  5. Nova Scotia’s Lost Communities
  6. The Raftsmen
  7. Canada’s Dream Shall Be of Them
  8. Ingenious: Canadian Innovators
  9. Innocent Heroes: Animals in the First World War
  10. Reluctant Warriors: Canadian Conscripts
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